I have often described good performances by Jessica as, “a good day at the office”; I also said that as a description it hardly seemed to fit the performances in Glasgow, so what on earth can I say about Doha? “Awesome”
British records and high levels of performance have seemed to become common place for Jessica, and worryingly for me an expectation for others.
I write “worryingly” because one of the main questions asked of me as Jessica’s coach was
“Where did I think the World Record was missed?”
It’s not worrying to me in the respect of upset, but rather in “how do I help Jessica to continue to improve? How do I as a coach stay ahead of the game?”
The answer is a simple one; while Jessica takes a well earned break I review the performance and then I hit the books, internet and phone to boost my knowledge in search of what’s new and innovative to add to training.
Personal best Indoor performances in Shot Putt (14.01m) and High Jump (1.94m), a lifetime best in Long Jump (6.44m), British Records in 60mH (7.95 secs) and Pentathlon (4937 points) and a World Indoor Championship best in Pentathlon.
What would Jessica have done if she hadn’t had the “niggle” in her foot?